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by Shane Stokes
January 30, 2015
Twice a stage victor in the Tour de San Luis, the Colombian sprinting sensation Fernando Gaviria’s vanquishing of riders such as Mark Cavendish in the race catapulted him into the limelight and, according to his agent, almost certainly into the WorldTour.
According to Giuseppe Acquadro, the 20 year old is of interest to teams from cycling’s top level on the basis of his performances. He won stages one and three in the Argentinean event, stunning Cavendish and others, and finished second to the Briton on the final stage.
“We had several contacts and now the choice has been narrowed to two teams, one French and one Belgian, and both from the WorldTour,” Acquadoro told Tuttobiciweb.
“[We need] a few days, a dozen and most, to complete our assessment and then you will know everything.”
The two teams concerned are believed to be Ag2r La Mondiale and Etixx-Quickstep. The latter is an unusual candidate, given that it is the squad of Cavendish, who is hoping to renew is current contract at the end of the year.
Were Gaviria to go there, it will be interesting to see how their relationship is, not least because Gaviria will likely become quicker as he gets older while Cavendish is still trying to return to his best form after a quieter couple of seasons.
The Colmbian became under 23 Pan-American road race champion last season and also took second in the points classification in the Tour de l’Avenir, showcasing his talent.
He is a strong track rider and is expected to target the upcoming world championships in France this month.
Acquadoro said that if a contract is signed, the date of his first race for the new squad has not been decided. “We have not yet spoken,” he said, “because we prefer to go step by step, one step at a time.”